Paragon Prairie Tower

Urbandale, IA

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Art Studio Overview:

This major icon for the Paragon Office Park and cultural landscape for the State of Iowa tells of the accomplishments and aspirations of the people of Iowa and the Midwest while paying homage to the history of the native Iowa prairie. The image is clad of state-of-the-art Italian glass mosaic tile. The base of the column integrates a frieze of prairie grass in modeled relief. Four story plaques tell the importance and history of the tower and the surrounding landscape.

Architecture Overview:

This monumental architectural icon reaches 120 feet above the Midwestern landscape and immediately becomes reminiscent of the region’s traditional silos, smokestacks, and church spires that at one time were the tallest structures of a prairie. Wrapped in a one-of-a-kind glass-tile mosaic and terra cotta frieze abstracting the native Iowa prairie, this tower becomes the centerpiece of a visitor plaza awash in dramatic sparkling light.

Lighting Design Overview:

This monumental architectural icon reaches 120 feet above the Midwestern landscape and immediately becomes reminiscent of the region’s traditional silos, smokestacks, and church spires that at one time were the tallest structures of a prairie. Illuminating the tower at dusk was integral to the project design. Lights are positioned at the plaza to evenly illuminate the mosaic at night. At the top of the tower is an 8 foot tall internally illuminated blue acrylic globe, this tower becomes the centerpiece of a visitor plaza awash in dramatic sparkling light.

  • CLIENT: Construction Services, Inc.
  • COMPLETE: September 2007
  • SIZE:
    120'x16' tower in plaza with surrounding lake
  • AWARDS:
    • Illuminating Engineering Society - Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting Design - 2010
    • Spectrum Commercial Award - Merit Award - Mosaic/Glass Tile - 2008
    • Tile Letter - Commercial Award - 2008
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